Summary: Airbus has revealed a futuristic airplane design with a unique blended-wing body, which may reduce carbon emissions by 20%.
Original author and publication date: Science Times – March 21, 2020
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: The planes of the (near) future will use electricity, not fossil fuels. This is another example of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)
From the article:
Advances in various technologies have helped numerous industries to move forward and embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – the fusion of the digital, biological and physical worlds, and utilization of new technologies.
It is evident in the aviation industry wherein a revolutionary concept of a jet plane is suggested that will no longer use fossil fuels but instead will use electricity. This electric jet will use the air friction to power the electric motors and recharge the batteries. The type of renewable, on-demand energy major decision that is needed to power it.
Airbus has revealed a futuristic airplane design with a unique blended-wing body, which may reduce carbon emissions by 20%. It is over six feet long and almost 10 feet wide that underwent a series of extensive secret tests in central France since June of 2019. It has a codename Maveric is the acronym for “model aircraft for validation and experimentation of robust innovative controls.”
It was shown for the first time in Singapore Air Show 2020, where designers have praised its design that allows a more interior space and that may use lesser fuel than the normal aircraft.
The project co-leader, Adrian Bérard, said that a lot of people have doubted the project and only considered it as a “hobby.” All they had to do was prove them wrong by showing that it could happen and might be the basis for future aircraft configuration.
Warsaw-based designer, Michael Bonikowski, has come up with a potentially revolutionary type of an airplane that does not need the use of fossil fuel or batteries-the Eather One. The basic idea here is to utilize the electricity generated during the airplane’s movement.
Upon reaching the stratosphere and troposphere at high speed, the surface of the aircraft will form electrical charges that can power the batteries on board the airplane once it is properly collected and exploited. This electric jet ill look like a normal airplane except that it would be equipped with a triboelectric nanogenerator on top, and well on its wings. These will help the wings to harness the external mechanical energy then convert it into electoral energy.
Eather One will then have the ability to contain much smaller batteries on-board compared to current projects. This means that it saves not only in weight but can also provide an increase in the overall performance.